Blackseed oil, in traditional medicine, has been used to treat a variety of health conditions. As a result, it has sometimes been referred to as “panacea” universal healer. While not all of its proposed medicinal uses have been proven to be effective, blackseed oil and its compounds have been linked to several benefits for health.
Blackseed oil is high in antioxidants and may have several benefits for health. These include the treatment of asthma and various skin conditions. Lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, aiding in weight loss, and protecting brain health.
The strong blackseed oil capsules which Vitalorganico sells, although more expensive than the oil, are a very convenient option for those living a fast-paced life or just an easier method to use.
Containing 4.3% - 4.9% of volatile oil and thus higher properties with no aftertaste, these strong blackseed oil capsules are made from halal gelatine and come in 60 or 90 x 500mg for a more convenient and easier way to take the oil. This blackseed oil potency is six times more effective than other brands.
The properties of blackseed oil or black seed extract, which is also known as Nigella Sativa oil, kalonji oil, or black cumin seed oil is recommended by different religions and ancient cultures.
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High in antioxidants:
Black seed oil is high in antioxidants – plant compounds that help protect cells against damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals. Antioxidants are important for health, as research has shown that they can reduce inflammation and protect against conditions like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
Good for skin and hair:
In addition to medical uses, black seed oil is commonly used topically to help with a variety of skin conditions and to hydrate hair.
Research suggests that due to its antimicrobial and anti- inflammatory effects, black seed oil may help in treating a few skin conditions, including
- General dry skin
Protective of the brain:
- Neuroinflammation is inflammation of brain tissue. Its thought to play an important role in the development of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Early test tube and animal research suggests that thymoquinone in black seed oil may reduce inflammation. Therefore, it may help protect against brain disorders like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
- However, there’s currently very little research on the effectiveness of black see oil in humans specifically regarding the brain.
- One study in 40 healthy older adults found significant improvements in measures of memory, attention, and cognition after taking 500mg of blackseed oil capsules twice a day for 9 weeks.
Blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Black seed oil has been studied for its potential effectiveness in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. High blood pressure and high total and LDL (bad) Cholesterol levels are important risk factors for heart disease. Two studies, one in 90 women with obesity and the other in 72 adults with type 2 diabetes, found that taking 2-3 grams of black seed oil capsules per day for 8 -12 weeks significantly reduced LDL (bad) and total cholesterol levels. Another study in 90 people with high cholesterol levels observed that consuming 2 teaspoons (10 grams) of black seed oil after eating breakfast for 6 weeks significantly reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
- The oil may help lower blood pressure ; One study in 70 healthy adults noted that ½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) of black seed oil twice a day for 8 weeks significantly reduced blood pressure levels compared with a placebo.
- For individuals with diabetes, consistently high blood sugar levels have been shown to increase the risk of future complications, including kidney disease, eye disease, and stroke.
- Several studies in individuals with type 2 diabetes indicate that dose of 2 grams per day of crushed whole black seeds may significantly reduce fasting blood sugar levels and haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels, a measure of average blood sugar levels over 2-3 months.
- While most studies use black seed power in capsules, black seed oil has also been shown to help to lower blood sugar levels.
- One study in 99 adults with type 2 diabetes found that both 1/3 teaspoon (1.5 mL) and 3/5 teaspoon (3 ml) per day of black seed oil for 20 days significantly reduced HbA1c levels, compared with a placebo.
- Asthma is a chronic condition in which the lining of your airways swell and the muscles around them constrict, making it difficult for you to breathe.
- Research has shown that blackseed oil specifically thymoquinone in the oil, may help treating asthma reducing inflammation and relaxing the muscles in the airway.
- One study in 80 adults with asthma found that by taking 500mg of blackseed oil capsules twice a day for 4 weeks significantly improved asthma control.
- While the exact mechanism is not fully understood, research shows that black seed oil may help reduce body mass index (BMI) in individuals with obesity, metabolic syndrome, or type 2 diabetes.
- In one 8-week study, 90 women ages 25 – 50 with obesity were given a low-calorie diet and either placebo or 1 gram of blackseed oil per meal for a total of 3 grams per day.
- At the end of the study those that were taking the black seed oil had lost significantly more weight and waist circumference than the placebo group. The oil group also experienced significant improvements in triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
- Anticancer effects. Test-tube studies have shown thymoquinone in black seed oil to help control the growth and spread of several types of cancer cells.
- Reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Due to its anti- inflammatory effects, limited research suggests that black seed oil may help reduce join inflammation.
- Male infertility. Research suggests that black seed oil may improve semen quality in men diagnosed with infertility.
- Black seed oil has also been shown to have antifungal activities. In particular, it may protect against Candida Albicans, which is the yeast that leads to candidiasis
In Islam, Muslims call the black seeds Habbat al Barakah, which literally means blessed seeds. They have the belief that these blessed seeds will heal any sort of illness, except death since the prophet Muhammed once said: “The black seed can heal every disease except death”. As for Christians, the blackseed is described in the holy bible as the healing “black cumin” and the cultivation of black cumin was compared to wheat. Both religions suggest numerous benefits for black seeds. It also goes back to the very ancient times of history. It was used by the Assyrians, the ancient Egyptian pharaohs, the Queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti, as well as the Romans. They included the black seed in their diets for various purposes; whether internally or topically. The seed has proven itself against the test of time. It preserved its graceful value throughout the centuries, and now it is well handled by the most precise of technologies to bring out the best results that can ever be.
Black seeds are a good source of calcium, potassium, iron, and sodium, as well as other vital minerals and amino acids. As a balanced diet is considered the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle, making a blackseed supplement a great addition to your dietary routine.
Black seeds (Nigella Sativa) have, for thousands of years, been used for its aroma flavour a spice for cooking and in herbal medicine.